When Ed Neufeldt introduced President Obama in 2009, Elkhart, Ind. had the dubious distinction of having the highest unemployment rate in the country, close to 20 percent. The county's job numbers have recovered, but Neufeldt's now working three part-time jobs. Tamara Keith/NPR hide caption

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President Obama used the word "crisis" 11 times when he addressed a joint session of Congress in 2009. Since then, he's had a hard time hitting the right note when talking about the economy. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Former lawmaker Ben Franklin keeps his eye out for Congress' newest class, due to start work on Capitol Hill next week. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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